Seguso Vetri d’Arte Glass, Twitter Blue Checks, Google Takeout, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 3, 2023


The Art Post Blog: The Cini Foundation publishes the Seguso Vetri d’Arte archive. “Seguso Vetri d’Arte’s analogue archive, consisting of an enormous quantity of drawings, plans, photographs and furnace catalogues, has been the subject of a lengthy process of securing, reordering and digitisation… we can now explore the rich heritage free of charge on the Cini Foundation website. The archive has more than thirty thousand images, including 13,311 period photographs, 22,479 drawings and more than thirty-five thousand digital catalogue cards, covering the period from 1933 to 1973.”


TechCrunch: X, formerly Twitter, now lets paid users hide their checkmarks. “Social media company X, formerly Twitter, now lets paid users hide their verification checkmarks. The Elon Musk-owned company introduced paid verification last year with the Twitter Blue relaunch. The service was renamed to XBlue during the ongoing rebranding exercise.”

The Verge: Your Google data and YouTube videos will be easier to migrate after GDPR challenge. “The search giant has committed to making the Google Takeout tool easier to use. It’s also enabling data transfer directly between third-party providers next year.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Paying Google Domains Transfer Fees. “ announced that they are paying the domain transfer fees for Google Domains customers, and is committed to keeping domain registration prices low. is matching Google’s pricing on over 400 top-level domains that are offered by”


WTHR: Middletown police arrest Google Street View driver after 100+ mph chase. “A driver for Google is in custody after they were clocked going over 100 mph near a school Monday east of Pendleton. According to Middletown police, Coleman Ferguson, who has a Florida driver’s license, was driving a Google Street View car in front of Shenandoah High School when he refused to stop, going ‘well over 100 miles per hour and was passing several other vehicles.'” The Florida driver’s license is mentioned because this happened in Indiana.

The Art Newspaper: New augmented reality app turns objects at the Metropolitan Museum into digital gaming accessories. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is edging closer to the metaverse in a bid to shake up the museum-going experience. The museum announced today that it has partnered with telecommunications company Verizon to launch Replica, a new app that allows users to engage with art from its collections in virtual space. The app can be used with Roblox, the popular gaming platform, where a new virtual version of the Met, including spaces like its Fifth Avenue façade and its Great Hall, can be explored.”


BNN Bloomberg: MrBeast sues his food delivery partner over ‘inedible’ burgers. “James Donaldson, a YouTube star better known as MrBeast, has sued his partner in a food delivery business saying the company sacrificed quality in its bid for rapid expansion. Donaldson’s Beast Investments LLC sued for breach of contract, asking a federal judge in Manhattan for the right to terminate his business relationship with Virtual Dining Concepts, a Florida company co-founded by former Planet Hollywood executive Robert Earl.”


Johns Hopkins University: Fighting Fake ‘Facts’ With Two Little Words. “A team of researchers… developed a method to reduce the likelihood that LLMs hallucinate. Inspired by a phrase commonly used in journalism, the researchers conducted a study on the impact of incorporating the words ‘according to’ in LLM queries.”

The Conversation: Social media can in fact be made better: Research shows it is possible to reward users for sharing accurate information instead of misinformation. “We are two social psychologists and a marketing scholar. Our research, presented at the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit, shows that social media actually has the ability to create user habits to share high-quality content. After a few tweaks to the reward structure of social media platforms, users begin to share information that is accurate and fact-based.”

The Ohio State University: Future AI algorithms have potential to learn like humans, say researchers. “Researchers found that in the same way that people might struggle to recall contrasting facts about similar scenarios but remember inherently different situations with ease, artificial neural networks can recall information better when faced with diverse tasks in succession, instead of ones that share similar features, Shroff said.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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